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May, 2013 | Lifestyle Integrity




Caine’s Arcade

This is just an amazing story told in a really well made video.

My hat goes off to both Caine and Nirvan Mullik who made this video.

Both of these men have HUGE hearts. This video cracks mine wide open.

These men are AMAZING!

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Caine’s Arcade from Nirvan Mullick on Vimeo.



Creativity vs. Productivity?


Productivity vs. Creativity?

Have you ever considered the possibility that productivity is fundamentally at odds with creativity? A recent article in Wired by Clive Thompson looks at the intersection of getting things done and having big thoughts. His article comes largely out of the increasingly contentious discussion about working in an office vs. working from home. Likely you have heard about the memo that leaked from Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer banning all telecommuting for her employees. When she later spoke publicly about this policy at a conference she said “people are more productive when they’re alone, but they’re more collaborative and innovative when they’re together. Some of the best ideas come from pulling two different ideas together.”

This is the tension that Thompson is exploring in his article. This promises to be a topic we are hearing about for years to come as the economy moves more and more from industries that make products in a factory to those that process information with computers. The information age makes location and physical proximity to others something we have a lot of room to play with. As technology improves we might even find ways to make being at home feel a lot more like being together. For now we must decide whether to work alone or in an office with others.

First off, what do we mean by productivity? I can already hear a few of you saying that a burst of creativity feels incredibly productive and it is. What productivity means in this context is not coming up with the idea for this article I am writing, but sitting down and having laser like focus in order to complete it start to finish. Productivity is greatly improved when we have no distractions and can stay focused on the task at hand. Productivity is all about  FLOW. This is why learning to focus with meditation is such a HUGE boon to productivity, you become able to choose a single point of focus in any environment, but I digress.

Creativity, on the other hand, often thrives with disruption. The “water-cooler” effect is what we get when people wander around an office, looking and creating distraction. Two people collide unexpectedly, one lost in their own world of work, the other revolving in some seemingly disconnected sphere, when they casually collide…..synergy! (yes, that word has so much power-point presentation perfume on it that it is starting to feel gross to me too).

At the same time, I think we all know that the opposite is true.

Writing has long been my primary creative output. Some times I write music; other times words. Once in a while they both happen at once. When scoring a video or when trying to express a feeling that I can’t quite put my finger on being alone is often the best way to get in touch the very subtle thread of what I am trying to manifest. I often spend an entire day romancing myself into the state from which a song or words will arise. For hours nothing and then suddenly I get completely inspired and simply FLOW. This is what I require to still the currents of others energy and get in touch with something that is still very subtle within myself. But then there are those incredibly special moments when I find myself with someone else and we are writing together. True, this can’t happen with anyone, but when working with a songwriting partner it is primarily the space between us that resonates and calls forth sounds neither of us would have discovered on our own. This too is an incredibly creative way to work. I am sure that you can see the parallels to this in any endeavor. Some times being alone is needed, other times we need some complimentary energy.

So where does that leave us?

This leaves us in my favorite place. There are no hard rules to go by. The solution is awareness. We must each be able to know what our goals are, to witness the process we are using and be ready to change things up when we are stuck. Experiencing writers block at home? Go to a coffee shop! Can’t keep a thought in your head at the office…..go to a coffe shop! Hmmm…..might this be the perfect middle ground? Not only do we get the creative/productive caffeine injection, we get a world of sensory input from being in the café vortex of modern life. We get to be with other people and ignore them as much as we want! Perhaps there is something to working with strangers. Co-working anyone?



Zach Sobiech – My Last Days

This video brought me to the most wonderful smiling tears.

Sometimes seeing the end draw near brings the present into such beautiful glowing clarity. Zach Sobiech was diagnosed with osteosarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer. At 17, with only months to live, Zach turned to music to say goodbye. This video will warm your heart and urge you to seize this ever precious moment.

Zach Sobiech was an AMAZING man!

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Ido Portal Explains Movement Over Fitness

Just wait until you see this man move. Clearly he has mastered his physical domain.

Then hear him speak and let his energy and enthusiasm pulse through your system.

Ido Portal is a movement expert.

This man is AMAZING!

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From Womb to World


Do you remember being conceived?

How about being born? Or the time in your mothers womb?

Even if you can’t call forth specific memories might your cells or your morphogenic field hold the imprints of this time? If so, how could this be impacting your life, your decisions and your experience of the world today?

On Monday, May 20th I will be hosting an evening with Anna Verwaal, making a rare appearance from Denmark, where she will talk about just this. All are welcome. For more information on this event please visit our Meetup page here:

Using rich visuals Anna is going to present the latest findings in cellular biology and pre and perinatal psychology. You will leave you with a deep understanding of how conception, the time in the womb and the birth experience become the blueprint for the rest of our lives, physically, psychologically and emotionally. This talk is for anyone seeking understand, prevent or heal from birth imprints and trauma. This includes couples planning to conceive or currently pregnant.

This night is guaranteed to give you tremendous insights and teach you how to use this important information in personal life and professional practice.

Talk topics:
Cellular biology and memory of the conception, womb and birth experience
The emotional, physical & medical events that affect the fetus later in life
The way prenatal and birth experiences & methods shape our beliefs and fears and show up in our lives (IVF, twins, stress, disease, induction, vacuum, C/S, prematurity, etc)
How prenatal and birth experiences can influence fertility, pregnancy, labor and giving birth
How to prevent birth trauma from happening and prepare for a conscious pregnancy and birth experience

Speaker Information:
Anna Verwaal, RN, CLE, born and educated in the Netherlands is a Maternal-Child Health Nurse, Conscious Conception & Birth Consultant, Primal Period Instructor, UCLA Certified Lactation Educator and Birth Photographer who lives in Santa Fe.

She currently travels internationally to lecture and teach workshops about the cellular memory of the birth experience, the physiological & hormonal blueprint for birth & bonding and the deeply psychological, emotional and spiritual aspects of giving birth.

For more info on Anna Verwaal please visit her website: or watch her TEDx talk here:



Visionary Artist Thijme Termaat

Every once in a while supreme talent mixes with amazing insights and just the right combination of ancient techniques and modern technology to produce a video as mind blowing as this one.

Visionary Artist Thijme Termaat (pronounced ‘tie-muh’ ‘tir-maat’) put this video together using stop motion animation. He averaged about a minute of video per year! His paintings are amazing even without the awesome video aspect.

You can find more about him on his website here:

This man is AMAZING!

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The Blob – Launching Humans 50 Feet High – Contour

Stretching the theme here, but this is just too ridiculous not too include.

The amazing men here include the guy who made this blob and the one who made the video.
The video is made by Devin Graham. I featured one of his videos earlier this year that had the world’s most insane rope swing.

This looks like so much fun!

These men are AMAZING!

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